TNYA Code of Conduct

Team New York Aquatics (TNYA) is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment where all individuals are treated with respect. The Code of Conduct below applies to every TNYA member including coaches, gatekeepers, board members, general members and representatives. Its purpose is to set a basic standard of behavior to prevent conflict and to help resolve differences when they occur.

TNYA members make a reasonable effort to:

  • Respect all teammates regardless of their gender identity, race, age, color, physical appearance, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, marital status, or physical/mental disability, as outlined in TNYA’s anti-harassment policy.
  • Create an inclusive environment by welcoming new members, introducing ourselves to teammates, and listening to one another.
  • Speak kindly to one another and stay positive, even through difficult workouts and conflicts with teammates and the coaching staff.
  • Act professionally when interacting with the staff members at the facilities TNYA rents.
  • Participate in and volunteer for team committees, social events, fundraisers, or any other official team events. No one, especially coaches or board members, shall publicly discourage another member from participating in team events, running for the board, coaching, or other leadership roles.
  • Encourage and support each other with sportsmanlike conduct at all practices and competitions. Applaud and cheer for your teammates and refrain from losing composure in the face of disappointment. Appeal to the coaches when there are disagreements with the decisions of an official.
  • Maintain proper lane etiquette as outlined by the head coach. Coaches will arbitrate lane etiquette and will arrange swimmers by lane to keep practices flowing smoothly. Coaches will have workouts planned in advance and will focus on participants throughout practice.
  • Practice safe and responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages in social situations associated with TNYA events.
  • Respect the confidentiality of personal or privileged information. Such information should only be shared with consent.
  • When at diving practice, encourage your fellow divers and congratulate each other’s progress. The challenges of diving require a strong, supportive team and a safe space for everyone to enjoy the sport.
  • Provide feedback to TNYA works as a community because of the many perspectives and efforts of the entire membership.